The contents of Osama Bin Laden's computer have been revealed
For nearly a decade after the 9/11 attacks, Osama Bin Laden went into hiding from the US government. During that time, he remained one of the most wanted men on Earth - thought nobody seemed to be able to pinpoint his location, or what exactly he was up to.
In May 2011, however, the terrorist and founder of al-Qaeda was shot and killed in Pakistan. Upon discovering the private residential compound in Abbottabad, where Bin Laden had been staying with a family, CIA operatives also uncovered various home movies, blockbuster films, and an interesting search history of YouTube videos.
And, boy, do they paint quite a strange picture.
Amongst the footage of violent beheadings and clips of himself talking to camera about various schemes and attacks, Bin Laden also had home videos of his son's wedding, YouTube tutorials on crocheting - one titled "how to crochet a flower" - and the famous "Charlie bit my finger" clip that went viral back in 2007.
It seems that the terrorist leader also had an interest in lighthearted children's films, and owned titles such as Chicken Little, Antz, and The Three Musketeers.
If that wasn't weird enough, Bin Laden also had a copy of Where in the World is Osama Bin Laden, a 2008 documentary on himself which was produced and directed by Morgan Spurlock. During the documentary, Spurlock visits countries associated with the Saudi Arabian son of a billionaire, and interviews people about his influence, as well as discussing issues such as Islamic fundamentalism and the War on Terror.
He also had copies of "CNN Presents: World’s Most Wanted”, another show that starred him as the main feature.
The director of the CIA, Mike Pompeo, said that details of Bin Laden's file collections were released “in the interest of transparency and to enhance public understanding of Al-Qaeda.”
"Today’s release of recovered al-Qa‘ida letters, videos, audio files and other materials provides the opportunity for the American people to gain further insights into the plans and workings of this terrorist organization," Pompeo said, adding that: "the CIA will continue to seek opportunities to share information with the American people consistent with our obligation to protect national security."
Also included with the release was the terrorist's 228-page handwritten journal, and approximately 79,000 images and audio files, some of which are of rehearsals of public speeches and drafts of al-Qaeda propaganda.
On top of all the pornography, BBC documentaries, and animated shows, Bin Laden's collection also contained details on how his terrorist organisation planned to commemorate the 10th anniversary of the September 11th attacks.
There are still some materials that have yet to be disclosed, which the CIA has claimed is in the best interest of the people, as some of the files are sensitive to national security, while others contain malware. There are also some that are being held back for simpler reasons - either because they're explicit, or blank, or just copies of files that have already been released.
Ultimately, these video files have been a revealing resource on a man whom most of the world knew nothing about for the best part of ten years, and this glance into his private life has been truly eye-opening.